The Good Negress
1997 Shortlist

The Good Negress

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In the early 1960s, 12-year-old Denise Palms, who has been living with her maternal grandmother in rural Virginia for five years, is summoned home to Detroit to care for her expectant mother, Margarete, new stepfather and adored older brothers. Neesey knows little of the world beyond Granma’am’s country life but is excited to rejoin her two siblings who, in her absence, have become very different from each other: David is reliable and implacable, but unfocused Luke edward constantly courts trouble. (From Publisher’s Weekly)

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR A.
J. Verdelle

A.J. Verdelle was born Washington, D.C. in 1960. She is the recipient of Whiting Writers Award and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College. She has taught creative writing at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Good Negress, won the L.A. Times Book Prize and the Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the International Impac Literary Award. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has an MFA from Bard College. (From African American Literature Book Club)

A.J. Verdelle was born Washington, D.C. in 1960. She is the recipient of Whiting Writers Award and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College. She has taught creative writing at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Good Negress, won the L.A. Times Book Prize and the Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the International Impac Literary Award. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has an MFA from Bard College. (From African American Literature Book Club)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
03/01/1995
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Workman Publishing

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